Media Advisory - Progress in Prostate Cancer Research - Insights to Inform Clinical Practice



    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - 30th the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research
Initiative (CPCRI) and the Canadian Prostate Cancer Network (CPCN) will host
researchers, clinicians and prostate cancer survivors to review medical and
scientific progress made in the last decade since the first National Prostate
Cancer Forum to relieve the burden of this disease in Canada.
    The conference "A Decade of Progress, A Future of Hope" will be held at
The Westin Harbour Castle, Harbour Ballroom and will report on progress and
innovation in the prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, and
survivorship of prostate cancer.
    "Over the past decade there have been significant advances in prostate
cancer research - many of which were led by Canadian Institutions" says
conference chair, Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief at the University
Health Network. "Important insights into disease prevention; risk factors that
contribute to prostate cancer; and treatment strategies have been learned.
Now, ten years after the first prostate cancer conference, the 2007 conference
will highlight new knowledge that in the next five years may be used in the
prevention and diagnosis of prostate cancer, and the medical care of men
experiencing this disease".
    Media are invited to attend Keynote Speaker presentations to learn about
the advances in prostate cancer research and how they benefit men and their
families living with the disease. A full listing of open sessions is available
today.

    
    Is prostate cancer the priority it should be?

    The Canadian Cancer Statistics 2007 reports prostate cancer is the most
    common form of cancer diagnosed in men living in Canada, and that:

    -   1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer at some time in their lives.

    -   1 in 27 will die from the disease.

    -   Over 20,000 men in Canada will be diagnosed with the disease this
        year alone.

    -   In Canada, by 2022 treatment costs for prostate cancer are expected
        to peak at $286 million annually.
    

    Prostate cancer research receives less focused, long-term funding. This
may be because prostate cancer has a lower profile with the public, and has
capitalized on fewer opportunities for advocacy and fundraising. The Canadian
Prostate Cancer Research Initiative is working to change this. Since its
inception in 1998, the organization has directed more than $12.5 million to
support prostate cancer research.

    The Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative is a partnership of
organizations committed to reducing the incidence of, and mortality due to,
prostate cancer. Comprised of representatives from the National Cancer
Institute of Canada (NCIC), the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the Canadian
Prostate Cancer Network (CPCN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR), the Initiative is the only national funding organization that focuses
on research into all areas of prostate cancer from prevention to palliation,
and its goal is to reduce prostate cancer incidence and death.


    Media Backgrounder
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    Open sessions at prostate cancer conference

    The following sessions of the prostate cancer conference "A Decade of
Progress, A Future of Hope" are open to media representatives. All sessions
will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto.
Speakers are available for interviews on-site following their presentations.
Requests for interviews should be coordinated through Robin Reece, conference
media communications consultant.

    
    Friday September 28th - 6:45pm to 9:15pm
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    "A Decade of Progress: What Has Been Achieved Since the National Prostate
    Cancer Forum in 1997"
    Conference Chair: Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief, University
    Health Network
    Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

    "Innovations and Challenges in Prostate Cancer"
    Dr. Laurence Klotz, Chief, Division of Urology, Sunnybrook Health
    Sciences Centre, Toronto

    Saturday September 29th 8:00am - 10:00am
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    "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer and its Challenges: A Rationale for
    Cancer Prevention"
    Dr. Ian Thompson, Chairman, Urology, The University of Texas Health
    Science Centre, San Antonio

    "Prevention of Prostate Cancer: Update 2007"
    Dr. Neil Fleshner, Head, Division of Urology, University Health Network

    Saturday September 29th 12:45pm - 1:30pm (concurrent sessions)
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    "Surviving Prostate Cancer: New Evidence on How Exercise Can Help"
    Kerry Cournyea, PhD., Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical
    Activity and Cancer, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation,
    University of Alberta

    "Prostate Cancer Bio-Markers: Past, Present, Future"
    Dr. Robert Nam, Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology, Sunnybrook
    Research Institute; Staff Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

    Saturday September 29th 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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    "Progress in Prostate Cancer - CCS: Working With You and For You"
    Dr. Barbara Whylie, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society and
    National Cancer Institute of Canada

    "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
    Mr. Mark Dailey, Television Journalist, Co-Anchor of Toronto's "CityNews
    Tonight" and prostate cancer survivor

    Sunday September 30th 8:30am - 10:00am
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    "Canadian Prostate Cancer BioResearch Network"
    Colleen Nelson, PhD
    Chair, CPCRI Management Committee
    Senior Scientist, The Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital
    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of British
    Columbia

    "FISH and CHIPs: Choosing the Best Prostate Cancer Therapy for Men Using
    Individual Tissue Signatures"
    Dr. Robert Bristow
    Clinician-Scientist, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Hospital
    Network
    Assistant Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical
    Biophysics, University of Toronto

    Sunday September 30th 11:30am-12:30
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    "A Future of Hope"
    Conference Chair: Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief, University
    Health Network Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
    





For further information:

For further information: Robin Reece, Media Communications Coordinator,
(416) 937-8945

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